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Signs you have a meth lab in your neighborhood

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Meth production is no doubt becoming a big problem across the country, and throughout the state. So it's important to know what to look for to stop them.

A Meth lab is described as smelling like ammonia, ether, lighter fluid, auto parts cleaner, or rotten eggs.

Detective J.A. Vance with the Lewisburg police department say some things that people could be aware of are "to look for are excessive trash, obnoxious orders, commonly referred to as cat urine, the smell of cat urine. Strong ammonia smell or other chemical type smells."

Aside from the smell, you're also advised to look for unusual behavior. Especially if you see strangers coming and going all hours of the day or night.

It is common for labs to look like no one is home during the day. There may not be a home owner, or there is very little traffic during normal daytime hours. Lewisburg police say what you may see is "a lot of traffic that picks up late in the evening up into the early morning hours."

Quite a bit of trash is generated to keep a meth lab running, so you might be able to detect one by looking at the garbage bins on trash days. "If a neighbor is able to notice certain types of containers in the trash," says Vance "a lot of 2 liter soda bottles or other containers about that size are commonly used. As well as duck tape is a very common indicator of it. Especially when you put all those together."

Also pay attention to any changes in behavior. The production of meth produces fumes that are very flammable or explosive, so a homeowner that use to smoke in their home but now comes outside could be a good indication that there is a production going on.

If you think you have detected a meth lab, it is your responsibility to report it because explosions and fires can often occur.